Preacher: “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!”
Seeker: When all seems lost and hopeless, there is something within our nature that bids up turn our eyes to the place where the Divine lives. Sometimes it is up, into the sky. Sometimes it is within us, as if the Divine has hidden in our soul and spirit a resource we can tap on. Some look to nature or art. The beauty and form of nature testify to the Lord God. Creativity, that is a gift from the Lord God directs us back to the Divine. What ever takes us from where we are, to consider, ponder, and appreciate the Divine – that is what we look to.
Preacher; “As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, until he has mercy upon us.”
Seeker: From creation it was always intended that deep within humanity there would be a spark of the Divine. Nature and creation testify to it, and show it without effort or strain. But humanity, oh humanity that thinks that we do not need the Divine. Or that the spark can be smothered or hidden under layers of intellect and higher human understanding. At our core, we are needful. Too many are not aware of what they need.
Preacher: “Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.”
Seeker: The psalmist would have us think that believers are looked down upon because of their beliefs. But the divisions amongst those who believe but believe in different ways also brings forth contempt. We do not realize our search and need for belief comes from the same source. So the differences we see become sources of contempt. And yes, there has been more than enough of it.
Preacher: “Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.” ( Psalm 123)
Seeker: The psalmist is pitying himself, and those who are with him. Their belief is looked down upon, and ridiculed. But there is where their error comes in. If they are looking for acclaim and acceptance from those who surround them, or more specifically from those who the believers see in better circumstances – then they are looking for acceptance from the wrong place. The psalmist says, quite properly, look to the Lord God for for mercy and acceptance. Why then would it matter what others think? No, we have allowed our gaze that looks to the Divine become distracted. Lift your eyes again, I say. Lift your eyes to your Proper Lord and Master. Jesus has come to correct our vision and clear away all things that would hinder us in seeing the Divine.
Preacher: Shalom & Selah, Seeker. Shalom & Selah!